August 19, 2016

The cry from the depths

It would be hard for the youth of today to believe that our country had had its glorious past in terms of education, economy and sports. It is due to more than half a century of mismanagement in governance and disunity among political forces that its glory days faded into a thing of the past.
Over five decades of political instability and ethnic strife have run our economic potential into the ground, forcing the people at grass-roots level to live on incomes below the poverty line. Having lived through hard times, they grew accustomed to their abject fate by accepting poverty as inevitable. Their fear might have originated in the assumption that any bad words against the people in power would see them end up in jail.
Now that the civilian government is in office, it is time for us to awaken ourselves to the fact that poverty is not a private but national problem. Only when the people at the bottom of the pile are able to escape poverty will our country be in a better position to keep abreast of its neighbouring countries in terms of education, technology, economy and sports.
It is encouraging to hear that the new government has instructed its ministries to draw a 100-day plan each for development measures to be carried out in order of priority. Undoubtedly, it will take time to recover from economic ills simply because there is no such thing as instant success. What is important for the government is to join hands with civil society in the fight against poverty and lend an ear to the cry from the depths.


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